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Occupational Therapy

Wheelchair Fitting and Modifications

If you need to or currently rely on a wheelchair for mobility, a stable and comfortable position in an appropriate model is vital – for comfort, health, independence, and productivity. Proper wheelchair positioning with an individualized seating system can promote good posture, enhance breathing and digestion, prevent complications such as pressure sores and skin irritation, slow further loss of mobility, minimize pain and maximize functioning.

The Occupational Therapists at St. Francis Memorial Hospital are specifically trained in this important specialty. They will conduct a thorough evaluation of your unique abilities, needs, lifestyle, and environment. Based on that evaluation, they will recommend a wheelchair seating system which may include specialized supportive cushions, backrests, headrests, or trunk, arm and leg supports.

Therapy staff can also recommend the best mobility device for you, whether the goal is to safely navigate within the community or live comfortably at home. A wide variety of manual and power wheelchairs, pediatric strollers and scooters are available and can be customized to meet your needs. Training for you, your family and caregivers on wheelchair use and safe transfer techniques is also provided.

For more information regarding the acquisition, maintenance, or training regarding wheelchairs and/or seating/positioning systems, please contact the therapy department at 402-372-2372.